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The famous image of the Madonna sitting on the throne was painted in Florence by the skilled painter Giotto Di Bondoni. As historians have established, work on the mural was completed around 1310. The artist made it specifically for the Franciscan church.
Creating “Onisanti Madonna” the author adhered to the traditional icon-painting canons in creating her image. The appearance and posture of the baby were also similar to similar images. But the only deviation from iconography of those times was nevertheless.
Saints and angels around the throne are depicted with faces turned in profile. Thanks to this technique, the composition no longer resembled a prayer image. It added efficiency and drama.
On the fresco, the Holy Virgin is depicted sitting to the viewer in a half turn. The majestic figure is emphasized by the deep folds of her robes. Her image is filled with weight and realism. He says that the Madonna is, first of all, an earthly woman of flesh and blood, and not an inhabitant of the heavens.
On her left knee is the baby Jesus - the future Savior of mankind. Mother and child are seated on a golden throne, symbolizing the divine kingdom.
This throne is surrounded by many minor characters. Among them are heavenly angels and saints. In terms of density and scale, their figures are significantly inferior to the Virgin. Their clothes are lighter and lighter than hers. The heroes surrounding Madonna are united by one. Their faces are filled with awe. They looked hopefully at the virgin Mary and her child.
The fresco "Madonna Onisanti" is one of the most beautiful and magnificent works of the author. He was able to combine the subtle divine energy in it with the density of the material world. Each hero depicted here has volume and energy, which is rare for iconography of those times.